Hi I’m Adelle @button_and_pip and I’m here with my first blog post since being welcomed into the Pin & Sew blogging team. I am also very lucky to be the first one to review the new woven collection.
Choosing a fabric to review was very difficult as the new woven collection offers many beautiful prints and if you know me, then you know that I can’t resist a print. I finally choose this fabulous Bubbles on Black viscose to make a Lucy dress from Workshop Patterns.
This viscose is just super soft and has amazing drape. Sometimes I worry that being lightweight it will be see-through but with this viscose it’s not a worry at all. It has a great amount of opacity that makes it perfect for a dress. The fabric has a black background and is littered with pink, blue and white spots. The delicate print adds complements the gentle drape that the fabric has perfectly.
The Lucy pattern is the ideal day to night dress. It can be made either midi or mini length, with or without sleeves or with or without an open back. I want to be able wear this dress for work so I went with the midi length and without the full open back. Comparing my measurements with the size chart I made a size 12 with no further adjustments.
The fabric despite its fluidness was easy to cut and it didn’t shift too much. The pattern instructions are only written, no illustrations so if you are a complete beginner it may be a little tricky. Despite that, it came together relatively easy. The front bodice shaping comes from bust darts and pleats at the waistline. This gives the upper part of the dress an interesting loose shape and complements the movement in the fabric. The neckline and armholes are finished by just turning over the edges but because I want this garment to last, I decided to add a bias binding edge to these sections. The neckline is quite high and maybe next time I might draft this to come slightly lower.
I am really pleased with how this dress has turned out. It feels like a relaxed tea dress that will be perfect for the workday but I’m also planning to wear it out for a special anniversary dinner in the next week. The half open back is a beautiful feature and in my next dress I might even go for full glamour and make the open back.